Boleslaw Szymanski General Chair of First International Workshop on Social Sensing

Social sensing has emerged as a new paradigm for collecting sensory measurements by means of "crowd-sourcing" sensory data collection tasks to a human population. Humans can act as sensor carriers (for example, by carrying GPS devices that share location data), sensor operators (by taking pictures with smart phones), or as sensors themselves (by sharing their observations on Twitter). Scheduled to be held in Dallas, Texas on October 19, 2015, SocialSens 2015 is the first international workshop on social sensing to bring together researchers and engineers from academia, industry, and government to present recent advances in both theoretical and experimental research.

C+CC to Host "James and the Giant Peach" as Part of Terrace Theater Series

Saturday, August 15, 2015 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Where: Chapel+Cultural Center, 2125 Burdett Avenue, Troy, NY 12180 New York
Cost: free
Description: The Terrace Theater Series at the Chapel + Cultural Center is pleased to present "James and the Giant Peach," a musical showcase for children and "older children" based on the children's novel by Roald Dahl and presented by the Troy Civic Theater. Join James on his wild and surreal cross-country adventure with six magically-altered garden bugs inside a giant peach!
Contact: Tom Mattern, Director

Synchronous Online Learning, Adobe Connect Topics of "Beyond the Classroom" Workshop

Thursday, August 20, 2015 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Where: Troy, NY New York
Description: Offered by the Offices of Graduate and Undergraduate Education, this workshop features an overview of synchronous online learning using Adobe Connect, a webinar tool offered for free to Rensselaer community members. Space for this workshop is limited, so please register by August 17!
Contact: Offices of Graduate and Undergraduate

From RPI in the News: High-Tech Fishing Project Needs Public's Help Collecting Information

From minnows to deep-water whoppers, researchers are conducting the first comprehensive fish survey in more than 30 years as part of a multi-million dollar effort to determine the health of Lake George.

Business Insider Ranks Rensselaer 12th Best Computer Science and Engineering Schools in the United States

Business Insider recently ranked Rensselaer among the top 50 computer science and engineering schools in the United States. According to the website, the ranking is based on a survey of Business Insider readers asking which degrees they deem most valuable.

Rensselaer STEM Education Pipeline Initiative Highlighted in Nature Geoscience

Nature Geoscience recently featured news of a climate board game and downloadable teaching module developed by Rensselaer students and faculty in collaboration with Troy High School. 

Instructors Encouraged to Request Fall 2015 LMS Course Sites Now

All RPI Learning Management System (Blackboard Learn 9.1) instructors, course builders, and TAs who are planning on having an RPILMS (Blackboard Learn 9.1) course site for the Fall 2015 semester are encouraged to complete an RPILMS course request form as soon as possible.

Student Experience Office Issues Call for Programs for Family Weekend 2015

The Student Experience Office invites all members of the campus community -- including departments, clubs and organizations -- to participate in Family Weekend 2015!

Offices of Graduate, Undergraduate Education Schedule August 19 MyMediasite Workshop

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Where: Troy, NY New York
Description: Entitled "Beyond Lecture Capture: Best Practices for Course Videos and Using MyMediasite," this workshop offers participants the opportunity to learn more about best video production practices and to receive an overview of MyMediasite. Space is limited, so please register by August 17!
Contact: Offices of Graduate and Undergraduate

Libraries Announce New Platform for WorldCat Database

WorldCat, the national database of library holdings, has a new look. This sleeker, cleaner interface contains the same rich holdings of books, audiovisuals, archival material, and other formats held by libraries in the U.S. and beyond.